Joel, Elena and I just had a wonderful day and night at the beach. Joel had a midterm, long weekend, and so we thought we would go have some family time at the beach. We left Sunday morning and just got back a few hours ago.
We were very blessed to find the beach very mild, and so were able to relax for a couple of hours reading on the seashore while Elena played in the sand. This was really the first time she was really able to enjoy the beach, and enjoy it she did! Everything was new and exciting to her. Those seagulls that Joel and I have long decided were just annoying, she found thrilling. The sand, the water, the waves, the rocks, the dogs running on the beach, all attracted her intense concentration.
This week is Joel’s and my anniversary, so this was our little anniversary trip too. I had slightly mixed feelings about bringing Elena on our anniversary trip, but she had such a wonderful time being with us and seeing new things at the beach, and we had such a wonderful time being with her, that we were so glad that she came with us.
Once again, having a child with us brought back the awe of seeing new sights, hearing new sounds, and experiencing new things. Joel and I will have plenty of time together in years to come, but these special family times are so fleeting! I am glad that we have the opportunity to share them.
Now that we are back home, dishes call, dinner needs to be fixed and suitcases need to be unpacked, but we are refreshed and ready to get back to our normal duties. I have several questions in the comment sections that I need to answer and I will soon (hopefully tonight), but let me leave you with one food picture of our trip. We pretty much brought all of our food for the trip to save money, and all of it was very nourishing and simple…that is except for one little exception.
When Joel and I were on our honeymoon, for several meals we made one of my childhood favorites, cream of wheat with a dab of butter, maple syrup, and cream. Since we were going to the same coast as when we were on our honeymoon and it was almost our anniversary, we decided that it was a perfect time to fudge on some of our normal eating standards and enjoy this very yummy bowl of hot cereal.
I will have to figure out a healthier version of this, that we actually like (some of those whole wheat versions are yucky), because this was a delicious and filling breakfast! Does anyone have any ideas?
I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend as well!
(And yes, there is still sand in my socks!)